110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Jul 7, 2013 - 1:05:53pm
UPDATED 3:30 P.M. MONDAY, JULY 8 — The Volusia County Sheriff's Office received a tip from a citizen about mid-morning Monday, July 8. The man described an area where he thought he saw the missing teen and based on that description Volusia investigators asked the Altamonte Springs Police Department to search in their jurisdiction. Police officers found Crowder near the Altamonte Mall and she was positively identified at about 11 a.m.
She is currently being interviewed at a facility in Seminole County. As such, there is no information about where she has been or how she went missing at this time.
The Sheriff's Office is no longer looking for the man investigators had released a sketch of. That sketch was sent out at the time because he was the last person to have possibly been with Crowder. It’s unknown whether that man is relevant in any way to the case at this time.
UPDATED 9 A.M. MONDAY, JULY 8 – The Volusia County Division of Beach Safety and the Volusia County Sheriff's Office have released a sketch of a man the missing teen Nicole Crowder (see original news release below) was last seen with. The man may have information about her whereabouts.
The man is approximately 30 years old and weighs 225 pounds with a medium build. A witness described him as having a "beer gut," a partial upper teeth gold "grill" and is bald. The woman Crowder was seen with has a dark complexion, is in her late teens, has a skinny build and has braided hair. The unknown woman was wearing a black cotton cover over her bathing suit with ruffles on top.
It is unknown if Crowder is still with either of these people.
Investigators are asking anyone who was in the area of Sunplash Park and had taken photos or video between noon and 8 p.m. Saturday to contact the Volusia County Sheriffs' Office. They are looking for any evidence that can narrow down when and where Nicole and the two unidentified subjects she was seen with might have been during the day.
Anyone with information about the individuals described or Crowder's whereabouts, please call 386-248-1777 or call 911 if there is an emergency.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED — The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is asking the public’s help to help locate Nicole Crowder, a missing teen with the mental capacity of a 9-year-old. The teen was last seen in the company of an unknown man and woman on the beach at about 5:30 p.m. Crowder, 17, was on the beach near the Econo Lodge at 1601 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach with her adult sister.
Crowder, who lives in St. Louis, Mo., and was in Florida to visit her mother in Windermere, is reported to be very naïve, acts childish and is easily influenced by peers. Nicole takes several medications for bi-polar disorder and ADHD but she does not have the medications with her.
She was last seen in the company of an unknown black man and woman. The man is approximately 30 years old, bald, has a medium build and gold teeth. The female has a dark complexion, appears to be in her late teens and was wearing a black bathing suit. Crowder is not from the area and has no known friends locally.
Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue was notified by Crowder’s sister at about 8:45 p.m. that the girl had been missing for a few hours. The beach area was searched and then the local hotels, businesses and area hospitals were checked. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse was then notified and an alert has been issued. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in this case
Crowder is 5’3” tall, 185 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing pink sunglasses and a black and white one piece bathing suit, which can be seen in the attached photos of her.
If anyone has information about Crowder’s whereabouts, please call 386=248-1777 or call 911 if there is an emergency.
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